"There is not much I can really say about Notre Dame right now, given all the schools that have given me written offers," Matt Barkley said.
USC, Florida, Tennessee, Stanford and UCLA are a few of the growing many that have stepped to the table with a scholarship offer for perhaps the top prospect in the class of 2009. Barkley wasn't sure how many offers he exactly had, but said around 20. Notre Dame isn't one of them.
The first quarterback to ever start as a freshman at National Powerhouse Mater Dei (where Matt Leinart and Colt Brennan also played), this fall, Barkley completed 213 of his 340 passes for 3,560 yards and 35 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. He became the first ever non-senior to win the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award. He is also the only junior up for the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year award. Irish commit Dayne Crist is also one of the seven finalists.
Just a couple of the many accolades Barkley has earned recently.
"It's all pretty exciting," he said.
Barkley, who plans to attend the festivities in San Antonio the first week of January for the U.S. Army All-American game, but likely won't participate in the combine, will begin to think about the recruiting process after the holidays.
"During the season, I was really focused on what we were doing at Mater Dei, so I didn't get time to dive into recruiting too deeply," Barkley said. The Monarchs lost 48-26 in the state quarterfinals to Irish commit Joseph Fauria and Encino Crespi. "Now I'm just relaxing and getting over the season and letting my muscle's rest."
Barkley hasn't had any recent contact with Notre Dame.
"I think (Weis) was out awhile ago, three or four weeks ago," Barkley said. I think he came by the school. I never saw or talked to him."
Barkley did meet Weis last spring.
"When all the coaches were out recruiting," Barkley began. "I just said hi to him, and (Mater Dei head) coach Bruce Rollinson introduced me to him."
The local programs have been able to shower Barkley with attention.
"Just being close to home, I've been able to go to their games," he explained. "For USC and UCLA, it's easy to get there and see those schools. But other schools are showing interest too."
Barkley said he doesn't know about being an early enrollee, but will definitely have made a college decision by the time his senior season kicks off.